Two summers ago, our daughter got married in June and our nephew in August.The planning and preparations were almost more fun than the big days!
Both weddings and receptions were held at my brother and sister-in-law’s beautiful Willow Ridge Gardens.But, you ask, “What’s that got to do with Good Will?
Notice the stack of plates and the silver urn in this photo!
Pretty….and elegant don’t you think?
We did our research….
- the cost of china rental for the two weddings….for almost 400 guests…at least $400…Yikes!
- OR…..paper products-less expensive….but not very elegant!
Soooo…..we began buying up lovely plates and glassware from GOOD WILL, THRIFT STORES and GARAGE SALES!
We had RULES!
- Nothing could cost more than a dollar…
- We needed dinner plates, salad plates, wine glasses and drinkware…
- Everything should be basic white or cream colored….
- Every piece should be something we might want to keep and use later….Here are just a few of the great pieces we found!
Much better than floppy paper plates to carry around!
For the more formal sit down dinner….it was fun to coordinate the china on the tables.
Every table was unique and lovely!We also used my collection of thrift store silver for serving and decorative accents!I think everything looks better on silver…don’t you?Now for the best part!Both those Brides from two years ago split up the china pieces they liked….and they have enough lovely place settings to use at almost any gathering for years to come!
In fact….I might just have to borrow some of this from the Sweetwater daughter the next time I have a big party!
I have enjoyed sharing our fun way to save money on wedding china…and I hope it inspires you to get yourself out there shopping the thrift stores!
Remember….as you are in the midst of all the planning and preparation….be sure to enjoy the process! The day will be gone in a heartbeat….but the memories will be forever!
Background information: We got married on a cold December morning. Between our wedding ceremony and reception we wanted to take some pictures, but we did not want to make our guests wait a long and boring wait with nothing to do. So we arranged for a ‘hot apple cider cocktail hour’ at the reception site and had a table set up with the makings of our guest book. The table included various pens and note card sized paper. Printed on each note card was one of the following sentences:
I’m Julie from White Lights on Wednesday!
I’m really exciting to be sharing on Alecia’s blog today and meeting all of you!
Since we don’t really know each other, and I’m totally awesome – haha – here’s a little about me.
I live in Arizona. Yes, it’s stupid hot in the summer. I love to cook and bake. I read when I can find time. I am obsessed with freshly clean sheets, they’re amazing! I like wine and whiskey. Not together though…ewww. I LOVE Love love to eat cookies.
There. Now we can be friends. :)
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